As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace  ~ 1 Peter 4:10


Jacob's Ladder Special Needs Fitness is a Christian, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping the special needs community lead healthier lives by providing ongoing, regular and consistent exercise opportunities, as well as educating them regarding a healthy lifestyle.

Our Core Values are teamwork, fellowship and encouragement.

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Jacob's Ladder Special Needs Fitness

Location: Strongsville OH 44149

Phone:      440-212-1533




Jacob was in the water as an infant and has kept active in various sports, Special Olympics, even a year in Jr High wrestling. He became a Rocky enthusiast early on and may be the only special needs young man in America that will go to his gym in the basement and work out while watching Rocky movies.

We want to serve others in the special needs community through our exercise program at Grace Church that began in 2012. There is a definite need in this population for physical activity which promotes better health, more confidence and some good and lasting friendships. We are making a sincere effort to coach them up in a positive environment. We are also promoting self- responsibility for exercise and health. Being in an exercise group and learning to follow directions while working with others are great learning tools for the workplace.

Our organization is based on our Christian desire to use our gifts to serve others and to honor our parents for the great example they gave us.


We encourage the kids and their parents to incorporate three core models into their lifestyle:

1 Regular Exercise - 2 Healthy Diet - 3 Family Participation

Read more about our history here


So, Who Are We?

Jacob’s Ladder Special Needs Fitness was conceived by founder, Tony D’Orazio and his oldest son, Ray Erker, out of love and concern for Tony’s youngest son, Jacob D’Orazio. Jacob has Down Syndrome, and from his very young days, Tony and wife, Karen, taught and encouraged him to be physically fit and to eat as healthily as they could manage. Tony and Karen researched nutritional information for children with Down Syndrome and discovered how important eating healthy is for kids like Jacob.

Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes Me…

~ Mark 9:37